Aphyxion reveal album details and stream new video

Aphyxion reveal album details and stream new video

Danish modern metal 5-piece APHYXION will release their new album Aftermath on 2nd December and have revealed their new single / video 'Destined To Fail'.

Check it out here: https://youtu.be/vyQyut5mLZw

Aftermath is an 11 track monstrous blend of aural savagery, which is set to make Denmark’s brightest hopes the fastest rising new band in Europe. Having honed in on their strengths: crushing riffs, gargantuan hooks and punchy song structures, their second album sees them step up their game to par with some of the biggest bands in today’s scene. This is all the impressive given that they are barely in their 20s.

Since forming, the band has played over 100 shows with dates on multiple European tours, a performance at Copenhell and one at Wacken, where the then 16-year-old members hold the record for being the youngest band to play the festival.

Aphyxion have been nominated for “Best Live Band” at the Danish Metal Awards, the “Audience Award” at Royal Metal Grand Prix and also have been recognized by Metal Hammer UK, Metal Hammer DE and UK broadsheet The Guardian. Again, this is all the more impressive for such a young band.

Aphyxion was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Primal Fear) and guitarist Jonas Haagensen at Hansen Studios in their home town of Ribe, Denmark.

The coming year will see the band tour far and wide in support of Aftermath.

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FALLS announce new EP 'CREAM' and stream new single 'Live Delicious'

FALLS announce new EP 'CREAM' and stream new single 'Live Delicious'

Self proclaimed "f*&k rockers" FALLS will release their new EP CREAM on the 2nd December 2016 through their own label Naughty Strawberry.  

To coincide with the EP news the band are streaming their new single 'Live Delicious', check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/fallsband-1/live-delicious/s-95y5w

The 4-track record will be available digitally and in the form of the band's own Liberator comic book, which was designed by artist Joan Edam and will be accompanied with an EP download code. Pre-orders are available via FALLS' website: www.fallsband.co.uk 

"In CREAM we have taken the opportunity to explore both the darker and more playful extremes of FALLS' collective psyche," says guitarist Philip Kelsall of the new material. "This EP showcases precisely who we are as people, and in doing so justifies the concerns of our friends and families. The writing process made our bassist sick, the recording process made our engineer sick, now all that's left is to make the world sick."

The EP news coincides with FALLS' London residency, which kicks off tonight (13th October) at The Macbeth. Set to take place across dates throughout October and November, the quartet will be hosting slumber party themed nights at the venue including pillow fights, late night ghost stories, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and above all, loud noises.

The shows will also see performances from some of the UK's most exciting bands, the first of which will be their friends Allusondrugs.

The residency will take place across the following dates, with the rest of the support acts to be announced in due course:

13th October (w/ Allusondrugs)
27th October
10th November
24th November

At just £3 a ticket - available in advance via the band's website - these shows are not to be missed.

Not shy of the road, FALLS have also announced a co-headline tour with We Are Carnivores, to take place throughout November.

Tour dates are as follows:

15th Nov - Newcastle, The Head Of Steam
16th Nov - Dundee, Buskers
17th Nov - Glasgow, Shadow Sound
18th Nov - Dunfermline, Monty's Bar
19th Nov - Whitchurch, Percy's
25th Nov - Worksop, The Frog
27th Nov - Derby, Ryan's Bar

If that wasn't enough to sink your teeth into, FALLS will also be playing the following shows:

16th Oct - Manchester, Carefully Planned Festival
22nd Oct - Cardiff, SWN Festival
4th Nov - Deeside, Connah's Quay Cricket Club (co-headline w/ Allusondrugs)
11th Nov - Exeter, Secret Location (House Party Weekender)
12th Nov - Bristol, Secret Location (House Party Weekender)
13th Nov - Cardiff, Secret Location (House Party Weekender)
22nd Nov - Hull, The Polar Bear (The Sesh)
3rd Dec - Sheffield, The Audacious Art Experiment

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ANNISOKAY reveal video for new single 'Loud'

ANNISOKAY reveal video for new single 'Loud'

German modern metal 5-piece Annisokay have released the video for their new single 'Loud'. The track is the second single from the upcoming album Devil May Care which will be released on the 11th November 2016 via Long Branch Records.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/2ndtMMQkFz8

Devil May Care is the band's third studio album and follows their 2015 release Enigmatic Smile which entered the German album Top 100, as well as their critically acclaimed 2014 debut The Lucid Dream[er]. Marcus Bridge of Northlane and Christoph von Freydorf of Emil Bulls are featured as special guests on the new album.

Once Germany’s best kept secret, Annisokay are rapidly becoming rising stars of modern rock/metal music. Their driving rhythmic backbone, great sense of melody and uniquely diverse vocals that range from soulful singing to aggressive screams make up their trademark sound, which they further explore on Devil May Care. After numerous tours of Europe, including the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Russia, the band are primed to impress on a global stage with this new release.

Devil May Care will be released as Limited Box-Set, CD Digipak, Vinyl Version (incl. CD), Download and Stream.

PREORDER HERE: https://Annisokay.lnk.to/DevilMayCarePR

ANNISOKAY tour dates:
10.11.16 Germany Berlin Sage Club - DJ Set Release Party
16.11.16 Germany Göttingen Exil

/w Eskimo Callboy, Palisades, Her Name In Blood
17.11.16 Germany Dortmund FZW
22.11.16 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
23.11.16 Germany Karlsruhe Substage
24.11.16 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
25.11.16 Germany Magdeburg Factory
26.11.16 Germany Dresden KONK Club
27.11.16 Czech Republic Prague Futurum
29.11.16 Austria Linz Posthof
30.11.16 Germany Ravensburg Oberschwaben Halle
01.12.16 Germany Augsburg Kantine
02.12.16 Germany Bremen Schlachthof
03.12.16 Germany Herford X
04.12.16 Germany Nürnberg Hirsch

16./17.12.16 Germany München X-Mas Bash Fest

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Ion Dissonance are Perpetually Doomed

Ion Dissonance are Perpetually Doomed

"A jarring, relentless listen, forever tantalizing listeners with meaty grooves that last just long enough to make the next flight of blinding technicality that much more disorienting. Ion Dissonance are absolute masters of this brains-and-brawn dichotomy."

Stereogum has premiered new Ion Dissonance track "Perpetually Doomed: The Sisyphean Task," off the Montreal band's upcoming new album, Cast the First Stone.

A monstrous comeback after five years' silence, Cast the First Stone will be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

Stereogum's Doug Moore exalts Ion Dissonance's vexing puzzles of technicality and groove, calling the band "absolute masters of this brains-and-brawn dichotomy."

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Ion Dissonance first mixed dizzying math and earthquaking heaviness back in the early/mid '00s and, along with bands like Despised Icon and The Red Chord, set the stage for hundreds of like-minded bands to follow. Ion Dissonance's impact on the current state of metal and hardcore is massive – and with new album Cast the First Stone, these forefathers have returned to continue pushing the genre forward.

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The band are currently playing shows across the USA with Fit For An Autopsy and a slot on Texas Revolution Fest with Hatebreed.

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HACKTIVIST announce 'Outside The Box' Winter UK Tour with ZOAX and BAD SIGN

HACKTIVIST announce 'Outside The Box' Winter UK Tour with ZOAX and BAD SIGN

Milton Keynes genre-defying quintet HACKTIVIST will conclude a successful 2016 with their Outside The Box UK headline tour, joined by Zoax and Bad Sign.

“We’ve played a lot of shows this year, overseas and here at home, but not actually that many headline shows," says bassist Josh Gurner. "We also finished the summer in a big way...had an amazing time playing Reading / Leeds again, and touring Australia with Enter Shikari. Now we’re looking forward to smashing it out under our own flag in sweaty clubs.  Its going to be great having Zoax and Bad Sign out with us. UK Rock is going through a real moment right now, and this touring circus just highlights that.”

Tour dates are as follows:

10.12.16 - London, Camden Underworld
12.12.16 - Bristol, Thekla
13.12.16 - Birmingham, Flapper
14.12.16 - Manchester, Sound Control
15.12.16 - Glasgow, Audio
16.12.16 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17.12.16 - Brighton, Sticky Mikes

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 7th October at 10am via the band's website: http://www.hacktivist.uk.com/shows 

Outside The Box (UNFD) is a 12 track barrage of low-tuned riffs, street-smart rhymes with huge hooks and grooves, resulting in a powerful record with a sound that is 100% their own. Like antibodies that fight disease, the album is an immediate and fierce response to the world Hacktivist inhabit. It's a conscious call to arms and the product of a unique bunch of mates that could only ever have been conceived in the neglected corners of one of the UK's most misunderstood towns in 2016 by one of the most exciting bands around.

Watch Hacktivist's latest video 'No Way Back', which was directed by bassist Josh Gurner: https://youtu.be/Z8LgWvx6v4Q
Purchase Outside The Box here:

Physical: http://www.hacktivist.uk.com/store/
Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/outside-the-box/id1096939013

Ion Dissonance Return With New Album, Sign to Good Fight and Premiere Track

Ion Dissonance Return With New Album, Sign to Good Fight and Premiere Track

Ion Dissonance Return With New Album Cast The First Stone

Release New Tracks //  Sign Deal With Good Fight Music

"One of the most intense albums of 2016, period."

From Montreal, Canada, Ion Dissonance was one of the creators and refiners of a sound in the mid-'00s that was equally brutal, technical, and rich with pit-friendly grooves. Along with French Canadian countrymen Despised Icon and US bands like The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance mixed dizzying math and earthquaking heaviness into a vibe that served as a gateway for the death-core boom that followed. Between 2003 and 2010, the band released four albums and toured the world.

Now in 2016, Ion Dissonance is set to return with its fifth album, Cast the First Stone, to be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

The band have unveiled a new track "Suffering: The Art of Letting Go," via MetalSucks.

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"Suffering: The Art of Letting Go" appears on upcoming full-length Cast the First Stone, the Montreal band's first album since 2010. A monstrous return, Cast the First Stone shows Ion Dissonance at its best, delivering lethal bursts of chaos, colour, and groove – the next level of the brutal, technical style it pioneered over a decade ago.

Ion Dissonance frontman Kevin McCaughey says, "First and foremost, we are excited that we inked a new record deal with Good Fight Music. For those who know us well it is certainly no secret that our band has encountered its fair share of obstacles through this 15-year journey, leading us to remain inactive for the better part of the last six years. With that being said, we look forward to a fresh start, and couldn't ask for a better fit than the relationship established with the Good Fight family. The professionalism, dedication, support and hard work going into this record is so much moe positive than our previous experiences thus far.

On a side note, we are beyond stoked to finally share with our fans the songs we've been working on for some time now. For the occasion we reserved some of the hardest hitting grooves you've heard from us to date. With Antoine [Lussier, Ion Dissonance guitarist] at the helm of production once again, we made sure to include a little bit of everything on this one. Cast the First Stone is a solid mix of all the essential elements you would expect to hear from us, with some new twists added. This is the next chapter in the Ion Dissonance discography and we are far from finished.”

Cast the First Stone will be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

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Irish alt-rockers VERSIVE reveal video for new single 'Pretend'

Irish alt-rockers VERSIVE reveal video for new single 'Pretend'

Alt-rock quartet VERSIVE are thrilled to reveal the video for their new single 'Pretend', which was released on the 9th September via Scylla Records and championed two positions in the Irish iTunes Chart (#7 in the Top 200 Alternative and #54 in the Top 200 All Genres).

"'Pretend' is our first video and we're so excited to release it! We shot it with our good friends from Long Lost Designs in an abandoned warehouse just outside Dublin," the band told Punktastic who premiered the video last week. "The song deals with themes of grief, loss, the brave face we put on, and the hope for better days. We hope you enjoy it!"

Check out 'Pretend' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OqSd9JL6vg

Versive are formed of ex-members of Jody Has A Hitlist, The Upgrades, Downhill and All It's Worth; their sound is grittier than their previous rock ventures, making comparisons to the likes of Four Year Strong and Basement. The band recorded the single at Bluebird Studios with Murdock's Aidan Cunningham, who also mixed and mastered the track at Forbidden Zone Studio. 

The four-piece have plans to release an EP and tour in the new year - keep your eyes peeled for more details!

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Atmospheric hardcore/post-metal Italians Fall Of Minerva announce European tour

Atmospheric hardcore/post-metal Italians Fall Of Minerva announce European tour

Italian atmospheric hardcore band Fall of Minerva have today extended their tour to include a European run of dates, incorporating their previously announced UK tour. 

Make sure to catch the band at one of the following (including an appearance at the Euroblast 2016 warm-up show):

27.09.16 White Rabbit Club - Freiburg (DE)
28.09.16 Muk - Gießen (DE)
29.09.16 Underground 2, Euroblast Festival - Köln (DE)
01.10.16 L'Ecluse - Reims (FR)
04.10.16 La Cantine De Belleville - Paris (FR)
05.10.16 La Machine à Vapeur - Nancy (FR)

*With We Never Learned To Live & Earth Moves
06.10.16 Veg Bar (Brixton) - London (UK)*
07.10.16 Lounge 41 - Workington (UK)*
08.10.16 Gringos - Norwich (UK)*
09.10.16 Pre-Bar - Southampton (UK)*
10.10.16 Underground - Plymouth (UK)*
11.10.16 Bar FortyTwo - Worthing (UK)*

13.10.16 Do It Yourself Cafe - Lille (FR)
14.10.16 Hipster Cafe - Rouen (FR)
15.10.16 Bahnhöfli - Wyhlen (DE)

The tour follows the band's acclaimed album Portraits, released via Basick Records on March 25 2016. 

Listen to the album now: https://goo.gl/vPOC1M

A true testament to the majestic uplift of heavy music, Fall of Minerva follow in the fine tradition of atmospheric metal, for fans of Cult of Luna, Devil Sold His Soul, Isis and more. The Portraits LP cannot be confined to a single genre; a Basick Records hallmark: monumental post-metal, post-rock and atmospheric post-hardcore meld to create a beautiful and titanic release.
An internationally touring band, Fall of Minerva have previously achieved an impressive amount in their relatively brief history. A Russian tour and two European tours has seen the band share stages with the likes of Pianos Become The Teeth, Defeater, This Will Destroy You, Vanna, Code Orange and more.

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HACKTIVIST release video for 'No Way Back'

HACKTIVIST release video for 'No Way Back'

MK genre-defying quintet HACKTIVIST have released the video for 'No Way Back'taken from their debut album Outside The Box which is out now on UNFD.

The video follows a busy summer for the band, which ended with the band playing huge sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Watch 'No Way Back' here: https://youtu.be/Z8LgWvx6v4Q 
'No Way Back' was directed by Hacktivist bassist Josh Gurner, who explains the meaning behind the track and video concept:
"No Way Back is a reaction to the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in today. The general population are realising we have created a corrupt and non-sustainable society of inequality, overconsumption and misinformation, but are too familiar with the status quo to unite and influence change towards a solution.


Most of us are content with being sold ideals of distraction and instant gratification. We acknowledge that there is a broken system, but will quickly dismiss hideous revelations or opportunities for progression because "it's always been that way". 


If we keep clinging to this mentality, there will be no way back.


When creating the video for the track, I wanted to capture some of these comfortable ideals, contrasting with the dark and unnerving serving of reality that people like ourselves try to project out to those who are paying attention.


Once you acknowledge the truth, would you choose the path of struggle towards change? Or would you take the path of least resistance, and keep your eyes closed to the world crumbling around you?"

Purchase Outside The Box here:

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INTRODUCING: Headless Kross

INTRODUCING: Headless Kross

Band name - Headless Kross

Location - Glasgow, Scotland

Genre - Psychedelic doom

Links - https://headlesskross.bandcamp.com/    ||   https://www.facebook.com/headlesskross/


Tell us a bit about your band - how long have you been going, why you do what you do, what you want to achieve.

We have been playing together since 2011, drawn by a mutual desire to play heavy doom. We have released 2 albums (Bear in 2011, and Volumes in 2015) 2 splits (one with Belfast's War Iron and one with Lazarus Blackstar) and an EP (Demises in 2012), and have played across the UK and Ireland.

We don't have a set 'manifesto' in terms of the sound, but it is good to try and show that things can be heavy and intense without being violent and aggressive, or spacey and abstract without being pretentious and self indulgent.

You have a new release coming out soon - without giving too much away tell us what listeners can expect from it.

The new album, Projections 1, sees us moving in a slightly more extreme direction - the heavy bits are heavier, the spacey bits are spacey-er, the lyrics are more abstract and the repetitive bits are more hypnotic. We jammed a lot before this album, so some songs have a more organic feel, while others have been refined over the last couple of years. 

Plans for the next 12 months?

Projections 1 is the first of 3 albums we are releasingroughly 6 months apart. The second and third will follow on from the themes of the new album, forming a trilogy of sorts. We are also looking to keep playing live as much as we can, and are particularly keen to head down to England a bit more, after a couple of successful excursions recently.


How does the band prepare for a gig?

We practice regularly, so are always ready to go. A few beers beforehand never goes amiss, and a couple of minutes in plank position to warm up. We find ourselves in a lot of smaller DIY type venues, so in many cases the pre-gig ritual is standing awkwardly by the stage, or rifling through bags trying to find a speaker cable.

Name 3 bands you would love to tour with, and why?

Slomatics - We have played together many times, and always have a good laugh with the lads. Great band - crushingly heavy.

Melvins - It would mean we would get to watch them every night (and on this fantasy tour they would be playing a different set every night.

I notice that the question does not have any time restrictions, so for the third, Space Ritual era Hawkwind. This does not require any explanation. Anyone who does not understand why should not be reading this interview.

Name a band you'd love to give a shout out to and think people should listen to

We have played with so many good bands - Bosphorous, Wozniak, Venus Sleeps and loads of others, but if I had to choose one, it would be Dublin's Wild Rocket. Heavy Space Rock at its absolute best.

How much has the internet and technology helped your band get to the point where it is today?

It has helped in several ways - Bandcamp is an easy way for people to hear our stuff, and means nobody has to fork out huge amounts of money to hear the music.

Social media allows us to get the word out about shows - it seems that you get a lot more of this than actual posters and flyers these days. Some might argue that this has gone a little further than it should, and sometimes the odd show does not seem particularly well advertised (not just ones we have played), but overall it is a useful way to let people know what we're up to.

The main benefit is that it has allowed us to stay in touch more easily with various like-minded bands over the last few years, meaning that the 'scene' is not restricted by geographical constraints

What is in your music player right now?

V by Ommadon

Ok, you have a few lines to tell us why people should listen to your band. GO.

We play heavy rock with mad swirly phasers over it in places, and echo-ey screaming. If this sound like your sort of thing, I expect it will be every bit as good as you imagine it would. If not, it would be wrong to mislead you, however I appreciate that you made it right to the end of this interview.